The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

  • Released: 2021-05-14
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thrillers
  • Stars: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Fred Hechinger, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wyatt Russell, Anthony Mackie, Mariah Bozeman, Brian Tyree Henry, Jeanine Serralles, Liza Col√≥n-Zayas, Anna Cameron, Diane Dehn, Tracy Letts, Haven Burton, Ben Davis, Daymien Valentino, Myers Bartlett, Blake Morris
  • Director: Joe Wright
  • SofisticatedRedneck - 11 January 2023
    Rear Window Inspired, But Mediocre Execution
    Since Hitchcock made Rear Window in 1954 a lot of filmmakers have used the same concept, as it was a very interesting concept. Among the best of those films is Body Double by Brian de Palma.

    This film however belongs to the lower regions of that category of films. It seems to also have been inspired by the great Vertigo. In Vertigo the protagonist has vertigo (hence the title), in this film the female protagonist (Anna) have agoraphobia. Unfortunately this theme is, besides one not very significant scene, not explored is the film. It is only used as the reason the protagonist does not come outside. In Rear Window the reason was the much better suited having a leg injury.

    What the film does wrong is that there are no other interesting characters in the window besides. Also that there is very little built up to the alledged murder being seen. And that the interaction with the people Anna sees in way too early.

    There is also a logical problem. Why wouldn't have David told Anna about Katie when Anna told him what see saw and thought.

    It is also not explained clearly why Ethan killed his father's secretary.

    There also seems to be anti-white racism around the Russells, "They are very white" films these days would never have that line about black people, so this is very hypocritical.

    The acting in this film is sufficient but nothing more. The same goes for the directing

    All in all I give it a 4/10.
  • Drawmort - 8 January 2023
    Great 1st and 2nd act, but awful 3rd act.
    The Woman in the Window presents a not very original story, where the sanity of the protagonist is questioned and with this the veracity and existence of what is shown on the screen. There is a good construction of the tension that also plays with the viewer's mind, leaving everything in a cloud of confused conflict.

    The movie has several plot twists, most of them quite predictable, if you're paying attention. The third act takes quite a few more points away from a script that, despite not being original, managed to be intriguing.

    Amy Adams' performance is good. The secondary ones are decent. Gary Oldman is Gary Oldman.

    Lastly, there are a couple of scenes with excellent directing, using some pretty clever shots.

    This movie stays average, but it may find its audience appreciating it for at least the first two acts. Recommended for lovers of thrillers and suspense.
  • HafizhMaulana21 - 7 January 2023
    Weak in story and dialogue, monotonous in acting
    An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York witnessed a tragedy experienced by her neighbors.

    The Woman in the Window is actually interesting to watch and the storyline is easy to enjoy, it's just that it has a story that is not strong. This film actually appears ordinary and simple. The pace of the film is slow to provide space in building characters and stories, but it doesn't go perfectly. Too long in building problems and character. Eliminates the suspenseful atmosphere, eliminates the story that is brought and makes conflicts that are not good. Build such a flat story. Dialogue that doesn't help much. Weak dialogue and too drama. Likewise, the ending of this movie is not strong enough and just flows. A little bit didn't understand the reason Ethan had to kill in the last scene. Also biased in the character of Anna whose mental health is compromised due to accidental trauma or the effects of drugs. The musical score at the end of the movie sounds like a classic horror movie, slightly interrupted and does not give an epic impression. It's a shame that Gary Oldman's actor class seems to be wearing only a man full of emotion.
  • chsan-99606 - 28 November 2022
    Why oh why? Why was this film made? To make out blood boil? It starts off well with the promise of being a psychological thriller what with the woman being agoraphobic, alcohol dependent and more or less a complete trainwreck. But half hour in and the act gets tedious. The constant heavy breathing and paranoia and incoherence is just too much to take. And there isn't much to the story either. If they had built up the story and suspense then the climax would've been satisfying. However, it seemed like they lost their way and just ended the movie in a hurry with a very lame and unimaginative climax. Bleh. Could've watched something else.
  • carolynocean - 29 October 2022
    I Loved It
    Ouch ! , Some really scathing reviews for this one , and I really do not know why ?

    From the very beginning I was glued , this movie held my attention throughout .

    The characters were very interesting and mixed , I loved Julianne Moore in it , and as always Amy Adams gives a topnotch performance .

    Yes , it was a bit theatrical in parts , but I enjoyed that side of it .

    It kept me guessing , and I was really surprised at the final outcome , it caught me !

    So, I can only say that ,I really enjoyed this movie , it certainly entertained , and I do not say that so often when it comes to these types of movies .

    Give it a chance , if you like Hitchcock , you will probably enjoy this.
  • cathycritter - 20 October 2022
    So bad cannot finish
    What are Amy Adams and Gary Oldman doing in this piece of crap? It pains me to even make a comparison to that masterpiece Rear Window (and Gaslight), but this movie obviously bears some resemblance- spying on the neighbors, seeing a murder, a character who doesn't leave his/her house, sleuthing to investigate the crime. Amy's character and Jimmy Stewart's character both have professional cameras pointed across the street. But in this movie, the story, the characterizations, the situations ....please. How about the tenant, who in the space of 10 seconds becomes this completely evil character. There's no buildup of suspense there or a slow reveal. I admit I have not finished this and I don't intend to, but no matter what happens, whether he is guilty or innocent of the murder-of course he must be innocent since they are so heavy-handedly implying that he is guilty-they make such a broad, cartoony change from him being just your friendly neighborhood tenant, to this angry parolee, it's ridiculous. Or how about the female police detective, who is also so broadly drawn, as the stock character of the sardonic cop who won't believe the poor person telling the truth. Even in a situation where both cops didn't believe her, I believe it's unrealistic they would be so openly dismissive and demeaning of Amy Adams' character and story. Maybe everyone is just in on some huge plot to get her to go outside the house. Who knows. Who cares. How about the people across the street who keep every window wide open with no shades or blinds. Because everyone in New York City does that, right?? What about video cameras? Couldn't the police at least take a look at that footage from her doorstep? Maybe the woman she thought was Alistair Russell's wife actually did come over. I can only hope before the end of this stupid movie that at least the TV footage idea comes up. Don't watch unless you want to yell at the TV every 5 minutes with frustration.
  • vincentgoodman - 17 October 2022
    Goofs. What? No scars?
    After being deeply stabbed on the face with a 3 pronged garden rake in her rooftop horror fest finale, our heroine Amy Adams shows no marks or scars whatsoever on her cheek when the storyline jumps forward 9 months. She must have employed a top plastic surgeon. The film also doesn't explain how she managed to overcome her agoraphobia. What happened to the Russell family? How did the quiet and sensitive 15 year old son suddenly transform into a confident, knife wielding lunatic? And this was after a re-shot ending because test audiences found the original ending confusing! I do wonder what that ending was like. Apart from all that, I thought Amy Adam's performance was first class and Oscar nominee worthy.
  • arielsiere - 1 October 2022
    She needs to be thrown out of the Window
    This is one of the worst movies from 2021 i have ever seen, the plot is confusing, the characters are bland and forgettable at best, the story doesn't make any sense, the music is boring, even Gary Oldman the voice actor of Lord Shen (Kung Fu Panda 2) and Winston Churchill (The Darkest Hour) which The Darkest Hour is one of the best movies from 2017 if you ask me he was also a great villain in Kung Fu Panda 2 but here i don't get it why he was forced to work on this movie even Amy Adams had to appear in this abomination, thank god I never watched the movie or i'll never will or else it would waste my time because of the bad acting.
  • ancojay-24822 - 3 September 2022
    Kept me guessing
    I don't understand the bad reviews. I feel like people expect too much from movies nowadays. If you like physiological thrillers then watch this one. The acting was great and the pacing was just right. The entire movie has very few characters and takes place in one house, so don't expect it to be a fast paced action movie or anything. I watch a lot of movies, so I usually have a good idea where the story is going, but this one threw me off. It kept me guessing the whole time. This is one of the better Netflix movies I've watched in a while. Don't listen to the bad reviews, cue up Netflix and put this movie on for your evening's enjoyment.
  • cjonesas - 22 August 2022
    [6.6] The reflection on the glass and on her life
    A well done movie, well acted with reasonable amounts of suspense and flowing vibe or a vibrant flow, as one may prefer.

    The acting though good, felt a little forced at times for different characters. That said, I feel that Amy Adams needs to distance herself from depressed psychotic roles. It's already started to take a toll on her face. Go to the gym Amy and do some yoga. I'm sure that if you can step on that table, you can as well do some heavy lifting, besides drinking vine and staring at the walls.

    The thrill was so so for me, but the atmosphere was not badly set up and it had the right amount of unsettling mysterious suspense all mostly thanks to the rain, darkly lit surrounding and the score.

    Punch, the cat, was more interesting in most situations than the slightly predictable screenplay.

    Also, it is my opinion that the movie would have profited more with completely new actors and actresses. There really wasn't a need to see familiar faces with a sort of remake of a classical movie, with a lesser degree of realism.

    • Screenplay/story: 6
    • Development: 7.5
    • Realism: 5
    • Entertainment: 7
    • Acting: 7.5
    • Filming/cinematography: 7
    • VFX: 7
    • Music/score: 7
    • Depth: 7
    • Logic: 4
    • Flow: 7.5
    • Crime/drama/mystery: 7
    • Ending: 6.5.
  • serrachi - 15 August 2022
    Less than average
    Now, the story does not seem that bad, the acting not bad as well except Ethan's acting (Fred Hechinger) idk I really did not like it much.

    As soon as the movie started I had Hitchcock's work Rear Window popped up in my head. The good thing is they did not do it bad for the camera work, but it lacks lots of action.. idk it got boring.
  • polinamiaktinova-82868 - 2 August 2022
    Watch it - Emotions Spector is fascinating
    This movie terrifies as well as inspires. Living woman of agoraphobia having a life of a reclusive, she drinks and has a lot of psychology's visits. All her life is concentrated around her neighbours; lives of whose she is able to observe her window.

    Movie is a beautiful metaphor for people living difficult and traumatic life. But the one who still have much to say and offer to the society life.

    Review by P. Em.
  • jamesrecord-18297 - 16 July 2022
    Could not balance
    This movie has potential considering the beggining and we see a fast plot. The reason why I say it just did not have a balance was that it was slow paced in some bits, then very fast in other scenes. I also felt they rushed the ending, that is an example of fast pacing after a long slow paced area. Altogether, alright movie but has potential and deffinately could get a remake

    Extra pros, some scenes were good with the character development through the main character. We slowly get to see more of her, that was something good. Also good acting from Amy Adams.
  • alexjaymain - 11 July 2022
    Very Very Good.
    This movie is extremely well made and griping to the last second. Its a fantastic work of art that needs appreciating. This is the kind of movie that could change your life after watching. It is great. 7.5* very very good.